“Shot in the Dark” is a song about taking chances. It’s about pushing your fear aside and chasing that thing that makes you happy. In the spirit of that pursuit, Tragic Gadget has spent the better part of our lives writing and recording music.
We recently brought in a bunch of ultra-talented musicians from LA and around the country to help us record music for our Crane Song EP. We found that the more people we reached out to, the more exciting the project became. With that in mind, it only seems natural that the visual parts of this project would be born out of collaboration as well. As we approach the final stages of the recording process and prepare to finally release these songs that’ve given us such purpose over the past year or so, we’d like to do so with a little bit of pomp and circumstance.
We wanted to tell a story about doing what you love in spite of all the reasons not to.
We asked ourselves: “What would a music video for this song look like?” and decided on the story of a bee hopelessly in love with a distant flower. Chris drew it out on a piece of notebook paper and, more or less on a whim, we sent that drawing to some friends of ours. They let us know that they got the picture, but that they also like, got the picture. We toyed with the idea of making an animated short to accompany the song, but then the toying became planning and the planning became a job. And so…
Tragic Gadget couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that the Crane Song EP will be coming out in conjunction with an animated short by the SF Bay’s award-winning Chinese Takeout Films and illustrator Pamela Goodman. They’re lovely people making really cool films and we’re so glad to be partnered with them. Everybody involved is excited to keep working on it and we’d love for you to be involved too.
From April 23rd through May 13th, when you make a pledge to support our video campaign, you'll also be unlocking a treasure chest of brand new Tragic Gadget music and media for yourself.
Where does the money go?Our ultimate goal is that with your help we’ll have a gorgeous animated short film to roll out this August. A significant portion of the money we raise will cover the animation costs. If we don't manage to reach our entire goal, the funds we raise will go directly towards the cost of animation. Here's how the budget breaks down:
- Animation Costs
- Indiegogo and Paypal Fees
- Studio Rental
- Unforeseen Production Costs
Meet filmmakers Tim and Abe, and check out some animation test clips!
Abe provided a sample storyboard page of the video:
Pamela sketched out these great characters for the video:
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